etsy 4 for Friday – Organizing the Closet

Spring may be the time for a thorough house cleaning, but fall is when I get the urge to ORGANIZE spaces, especially my bedroom closet. When I’m packing away summer clothes and pulling out boots, scarves, gloves and sweaters, it seems as if I could always use a few more storage solutions. So this 4 for Friday I searched Etsy for a few fun pieces to help organize an overflowing closet.

Here’s one for my shoe obsessed friends, and hopefully they have some DIY talent, The Lazy Shoe Zen Shoe Rack – Plans. That’s right, this listing is for an instructional DVD with the construction directions and drawings, and a complete list of the materials needed for the shoe holder. Put your DIY skills to the test and make this rotating storage unit that holds 36 pairs of shoes. $24

I love the look of vintage luggage, and have this classic Samsonite Train Case in a bright pink. While it’s too heavy and bulky for me for traveling, it makes for stylish storage. I keep mine on top of a dresser in my closet; during the fall it holds lightweight scarves and my favorite pair of gloves for easy access. $25

I can never have enough spots for hanging coats, hoodies, umbrellas and purses. How cute would a mish mash of these colorful Repurposed Hook Racks look in a closet, on a bedroom door or in an entryway? Each shabby chic feeling painted hook board is an original with repurposed, vintage knobs and pulls in various shapes and colors $48

As a container lover, I can hardly resist the allure of a vintage hat box, like these Red Nesting Hat Boxes. I use a similar large hat box to store my sunglasses and eyeglass holders. I’m thinking of all the things I could store (scarves, sewing supplies, love letters) with this bold, red set. The sturdy pair features faux leather lids, rope handles and are lined with dark brown cotton fabric. $24.50

Readers – what items have you repurposed for storage use?

Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.

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  1. Profile photo of irene

    The shoe rack reminded me of Kurt Geiger’s store here at SCP. It’s a sight to see, let me tell you, they all twirl!
    These are fantastic- One can get some great ideas on how to organize. Do you want to come straighten me out @tyna? Love your picks!

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      Stef Andrews

      Ok, I figured out my problem (well one of them!) I’m afraid to get rid of things. I jokingly say I’m a borderline hoarder in my bio – but I think it’s a teensy bit true. And cleaning the closet would mean I’d actually have to get rid of stuff. And I fear I’d miss it. Much like an actual hoarder and her 7-eleven cups.

      But don’t worry @tyna – you’ll never have to rescue me from my house where I’ve been pooping in a broken toilet for 2 years. I’m pretty sure you won’t at least.

      What were we talking about again?

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      I hate getting rid of things too, @Stef! I want all of my stuff to be neat and tidy and organized but I just can’t bear to get rid of things. I’m a wee bit of a hoarder maybe. Giving away things to friends helps me pare down my stuff. Instead of a slightly too big or too small item sitting in my closet, I really enjoy it when a friend loves wearing it!
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    Ugh, I wish someone could just come over and pack away my summer wardrobe and organize me for fall. I hate pulling out all my heavy clothes and feel the urge to wash everything again, just cause it’s been sitting there for awhile… my closet is a disaster and any attempt to re-organize and purge is a painful experience. I find myself staring at the heaps of clothes, feeling entirely overwhelmed. Hubby even put in a new closet organizer last year and it is STILL chaotic.

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